Handing out the awards to Canvey young people for the 'Firebreak' programme

I was delighted to join Cllr Ray Howard today to help give out the awards at the passing out drill and parade for the latest 'Firebreak' programme for local young people at Canvey Island Fire Station.

The 'Firebreak' programme aims to promote a culture of safety and team work and citizenship by teaching a range of vital life skills whilst undertaking the various disciplines of the Fire Service. 

The course provides a learning environment that combines practical skills and scenario based training, with classroom centred workshops. 

During the intensive week long fire station based course, the students gain confidence and develop vital life skills, while experiencing the techniques used by fire-fighters in their working 
lives. 

It aims to reduce the risky lifestyle choices by young people and raise awareness of the consequences of fire, fire setting and hoax calls.